Persuasive Essay: Why Parents Pay Children For Good Grades

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It has become common today to pay children for getting good grades. In a study conducted by the American Institute of CPAs about 48% of all U.S. parents pay their children for their grades (Khalfani-Cox). Why do you have to bribe your children into getting good grades? You might think it’s just a reward, but don’t you want your kids to get good grades for themselves not just for the money. Your child should want to learn to gain knowledge, not cash. You’re teaching your child that working hard is only good for the money instead of the information and experience that is gained. On the other hand, some say what’s the harm in paying kids for good grades? After all, isn’t that what is done in Corporate America every day where employers pay for …show more content…
On the one hand, parents argue that extrinsic rewards are the most efficient way to motivate your child because when they have a physical objection to look forward to they will work harder, but does giving your child money or gifts send them a good message? Not really. On the other hand, other parents contend that intrinsic rewards are the best option because it helps them out in all aspects of life, not just school. In my opinion, motivating your child intrinsically is more efficient and successful than extrinsically. A positive to intrinsic rewards and motivation is your child can hear how you actually feel about something instead of just receiving something as a payout or prize. Yes, it does have its negatives too like maybe it won’t always get across to them, but if you work on it and stay determined it will. After all, money cannot buy intelligence, motivation, or …show more content…
You may need to try other things like using negative reinforcement in order for your child to be successful. Instead of giving your child something for their success, take things away when they don’t meet your standards. For example, if you tell your child that they need to work on making sure all their grades are at least a B or higher by their next grade check and they don’t meet it, take away phone, tv, or video game privileges. Setting goals for your child is an important aspect of being a parent. One of the goals you set should be to get good grades, that is something that should just be expected. When you set goals for your child and they achieve them; it shows personal growth, sense of accomplishment, and self achievement, which is way better than money that will just dampen the excitement of the task at

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